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Iran condemns US obstacles against Iranian reporters' activities

Tehran, Sept 14, IRNA-Iran on Wednesday night condemned the obstacles created by US administration against free journalism activities of Iranian reporters, "even within the limited New York barriers."

The New IRI Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Seyyed Mohammad-Ali Hosseini, said, "Unfortunately the US government officials have always been issuing countless state directives aimed at further limiting the already too limited dimensions of the Iranian media workers in that country."

Hosseini adds, "The dimensions of those limitations have reached such an extent against foreign, and particularly Iranian reporters now that they face new obstacle even in heeding their professional tasks even within the very limited borders of New York."

The Foreign Ministry spokesman said, "Imposing tough measures, such as severing, or distracting the Internet and other type of connections, distorting the process of service rendering to reporters and offering too little, too late services to them, and prolonging the too rusticated traffic zone for the reporters are among the very commonly observed restrictions against Iranian media reporters in United States."

He added, "Adopting such measures is in direct contrast against performance of professional free journalism tasks."

Hosseini compares those illogical measured with the unique facilities provided for US journalists when they come to Iran, saying, "During the course of the past six months correspondents from various US media have visited Iran and they have enjoyed full traffic freedom in best possible cars, and professional freedom to heed their journalistic activities throughout Iran."

The Foreign Ministry spokesman reiterates, "Due to US antagonist policies in that respect, during the course of the past nearly three decades, the Islamic Republic of Iran's news media have been facing ever obstacles against sound performance of their duties, imposed by US officials."

Among the other obstacles with which the Iranian media people have been entangled Hosseini has referred to the problems their family members have faced in getting visas, countless distractions in their phone and Internet connections, and being checked too often by police and security officials.

IRNA and the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) staffs in USA have been among the most severely restricted journalists, even among other Iranian media staffs during the course of recent decades.

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